Jakarta Vintage

Art, Design, Jazz …and Vintage at LocaFore 2013

The arty, jazzy and stylish event  in Bandung — LocaFore — is coming again this weekend in Kota Baru Parahyangan, Bandung. The three day event will feature 45 artists and 40 local labels, and around 30,000 people are expected to attend this event. And Jakarta Vintage is proud to be part of it –so, hello Bandung. See you this weekend:)

10 Designs That I Love at Bazaar Art/Casa 2013

The Indonesian version of Milan Design Week  — that is Bazaar Art/ Casa 2013—was back last week. This time around I was really intrigued by the works of young designers who made it to the final of The Design Challenge 2013.  I think their works are awesome. Just look at the works here. They are exactly what this event wanted to achieve: unity of art and design. One chair is inspired by Rumah Gadang, another chair is very Mickey Mouse. Or that two seater in yellow fabric by Mariska Adriana and that slim side table by Zanun, they are all fresh and unique. I love them all. What do you think?

Jakarta Vintage At Martha Stewart’s Rumah Inspirasi (Part 2)

The sharing and meeting session with around 50 vintage enthusiasts  at Rumah Inspirasi finally took place, on a pouring Saturday. I got many interesting questions from the audience such as: how to decor a small apartment with vintage items? how to take care of old vinyls?who is your favorite vintage singer? and: what is the cheapest vintage item that I ever bought? The last one is a bit tough because … I have plenty of answers. That Vietnamese lady ceramic doll…I got it at USD 1. The handsome Samsonite briefcase in camel was only Rp 35K –now the similar item can hardly be found and if any at all, it would cost seven times the price. Well, putting that aside, I am glad that through this talk show I can share what vintage can do to us all –and trust me it’s all good: it’s stylish and unique, it’s affordable (o yes, compared to antiques, that is), it’s environment friendly (because no new energy produced), it makes you creative (mixing it with current items can be a challenge for many people), and did I say it’s cool too? Now I want to thank the team at Martha Stewart Living Indonesia who gave me the chance to share those messages and to the participants who came to get inspired, to inspire and stayed till the end. Have a fun week ahead!

Antiques and Vintage Behind The Palace

Have you visited a palace to enjoy the beauty of it and then seen the not-so-pretty picture behind it? I have, in my latest visit to Keraton Ngayogyakarta Hadiningrat or Keraton Yogyakarta. After two hours and so enjoying and admiring the Keraton collections, I had a chance to see “the un-palace”. I was referring to the houses behind the palace which belonged to the relatives of the Sultan. During two hour “unauthorized” tour in and out some houses in the palace complex, I had mixed feelings and plenty of questions, I trust you might have too, just by looking at those pictures.  Putting that aside though, I must say it was actually as fun and inspiring inspecting authentic and historical antiques and vintages in spite of their poor condition. Have a nice weekend everyone!


Martha Stewart Goes Vintage

Jakarta Vintage home and chair collection are out in Martha Stewart Living March 2013 edition and I hope it’s OK that I am proud and loud. Who wouldn’t, considering that almost all the stuff  in the house –from furniture to decorative– is either vintage, antique, recycled or pre-loved. And they all get to the cover story of the respectful magazine. And they look gorgeous too, even better than the real things. I am happy that the magazine appreciates and shares my conviction that you don’t have to break your bank to have a stylish home. It’s all about being creative and appreciative with whatever you have in your home and surrounding. The turn table that was broken for ages, the rotten rattan sofa in the garage, the outdated fabrics, they all can be fixed and used and refreshed. The many furniture shops and flea markets in our neighborhood, they can be our resources and inspirations. Again, I am happy and proud because Martha (and her creative team) agrees and approves.

Retrographic Series Collections

Introducing the limited edition of vintage chairs from Jakarta Vintage. This time we have two series: Retrographic Series and Boenga Tjantik Series. Retrographic Series feature chairs with fabrics in retro design. As Boenga Tjantik Series come with confidence in flowery design fabrics. All the fabrics are either recycled or repurposed, therefore each design is one-off piece. All the teak wood frame is also original vintage, not a replica, unless we mention otherwise. Don’t you feel good that as you sit you have done something good to the earth?

Vintage for Auction in Kemang (Part 1)

Vintage lovers, another great event is coming to you, this November 10 at Lippo Kemang Village. It is called Retro & Beyond Vintage Auction, organized by the famous Sidharta Auctioneer in collaboration with –who else– Jakarta Vintage. Yes, this is Jakarta Vintage’s first event. And yes, this is an auction. What’s for auction? Well, from Scandinavian styled furniture –as seen in the photos below– to gadgets from the 70’s such as tape recorder, transistor radio and typewriter. There will be over 90 items for auction. Some are Jakarta Vintage collection, and some belong to dear friends who believe in the goodness of vintage. So if you are a true vintage passionista, mark your calendar: Nov 7-10 for viewing, Nov 10 at 1pm for the auction, and make yourself available for the most happening event in Jakarta, be it as a bidder or just a vintage spectator. Visit sidhartaauctioneer.com for details.


Scandinavian styled sofa in fresh new fabrics and that retro blouse are for auction. So are the artworks of Ika Vantiani on the wall.

Extra Ordinary Designs At Desain.ID 2012

The most anticipated event on interior design in Indonesia –Desain.ID 2012– has just kicked off at Jakarta Convention Center last Wednesday. This year it focuses on “design in extra ordinary means”…Well, for me it means I have to find extra ordinary and iconic designs to be highlighted here, not hard at all as there are so many interesting works there. Here is my personal choice. Have a restful weekend!

Finding Vintage at Brightspot

I am glad I made time to visit the most happening event in the creative fashion calendar in Indonesia: the 8th Brightspot Market (“a curated market of things cool”) in Gandaria City last weekend. And I am glad too that vintage is part of it. Yes, vintage presence can be seen everywhere here. Here are some photos of vintage products, look and feel from Brightspot point of view.


From 5000 visitors in the first event three years ago to over 55,000 passionate followers in the last event, Brightspot has made a spot among the hipster generation

First aid medicine cupboard made from antique wall clock, painted in bright colors. By Retreau


No, these are not Katty Perry’s first vinyl album. Just a nice vintage decoration.

Uber cool vintage prop at a shoe booth.

Mid century furniture is never outdated, especially such an authentic rack with multicolor HPL like this one.  By Retreau.

Singer made a come back, as a cool prop in a jeans and T-shirt corner called Cheap Monday.

Old books. Old telephone. And it’s not a Mad Men setting.

Simple vintage style illustration on a brown bag. by Sillahome.

Wood tray with vintage style painting. Sillahome.

Polaroid cameras in super colors. They are so cool you don’t want to shoot with it. The camera costs around one million rupiah and a box of film costs almost three hundred thousand, that’s why. At Tokopolaroid.

Vintage style watch from Sweden with wood toy car as a backdrop. Daniel Wellington.

Display of black and white framed photos. New photos, just vintage looking.

This is the first booth you would see when you enter the hall. A lounge chair. Modern with vintage feel.

I Am Eames

Eames chairs are ubiquitous. You flip elle decoration, vogue living or living etc, you will always spot them featured in stylish homes around the world. Eames chairs have become must-have items for decades thanks to its modern, timeless beauty.



This is what Wikipedia writes about Ray and Charles Eames: Charles Ormond Eames, Jr (1907–1978) and Bernice Alexandra “Ray” (née Kaiser) Eames (1912–1988) ( /?i?mz/) were American designers, who worked in and made major contributions to modern architecture and furniture. They also worked in the fields of industrial and graphic design, fine art and film. Essential Eames exhibition is now commencing at Gandaria City, Jakarta.